Kevin Feige announces first transgender Marvel superhero

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Kevin Feige has confirmed the first transgender Marvel superhero is coming "very soon."

The president of the film studio - who also revealed plans to feature gay and deaf characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - teased an upcoming project which will represent the trans community.

Speaking at an event at the New York Film Academy, Feige said a trans superhero would appear in a film "very soon, in a movie that we're shooting right now".

Fans have speculated the first transgender character will debut in the upcoming film 'Thor: Love and Thunder', which is set to release in 2021.

They believe Sere - who descends from a group of all-male angels but who has transitioned to a female identity in the 'Thor' universe - is the only existing character who fits the bill.

Reports began circulating that the film studio was looking to cast a transgender woman as a casting breakdown called for "transgender actress only".

The news comes after Disney received criticism for a lack of LGBT representation after a billed same-sex relationship in the latest Star Wars film turned out to be a fleeting kiss between two women - one of whom was never introduced - in the background of a single scene.

Avengers: Endgame and the Beauty and the Beast live-action remake also included gay characters, but these too did not involve leading characters, and scenes were cut from versions of the film shown in some countries.

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Meanwhile, Marvel will feature their first gay character in The Eternals set for release this November.

The new Marvel ensemble will see The Bodyguard star Richard Madden - alongside Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek and Brian Tyree Henry - as Ikaris.

Feige has described "a levitating immortal with teleporting and vaporising powers and abundance of cosmic energy" who is also "married, he's got a family, and that is just part of who he is".

The project will also feature Marvel's first deaf character while the studio's first Asian-American superhero will appear in the 2021 movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.